Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

NHS should target risky drinkers, says think-tank

  • 4 Comments

More than a quarter of men are “risky drinkers” who have an increased chance of developing cancer, liver disease and mental health problems, a study has suggested.

More should be done to target this category, who breach the safety limits without getting drunk or binge drinking, according to the report ‘From One To Many’, published by the 2020health think-tank.

It suggests 26% of men regularly consume “one too many”, compared with just 18% of women.

And it claims the NHS could save £124m by stepping up action to address the issue, with effective interventions costing as little as £15 per patient.

A 10-minute advisory session with a doctor or nurse can reduce alcohol consumption by up to five units a week.

  • 4 Comments

Readers' comments (4)

  • Huh? Target them HOW exactly?

    What should be done exactly?

    A little more detail please NT??!!!?!

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • adults should take responsibility for their own habits and unhealthy behaviour for their own benefits and the damaging effect on other individuals and on society. there is no lack of information on the dangers of poor drinking habits.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Anonymous | 31-Oct-2011 2:01 pm
    If only life was that simple. Some, maybe most, of these people have had some hardship in their lives to seek some form of escapism. I don't condone alcohol abuse, or any other for that matter, but surviving what life can through at you is not straight-forward.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • ....to add to above, you can't treat level of alcohol consumption without treating the cause.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.